As Promised, “Winter Weather Solution” Instructions

Okay so I am a little late posting this, but in my defense, I was distracted by cuddles from my grandchildren, which is a perfectly acceptable excuse! This is a hot drink I have concocted to fight off the winter weather blahs.  According to those who have tried it, it works really well.  Before I begin though, I just want to share that I am not a cook, or professional chef.  I am just a woman who loves to cook for her friends and family, and who infuses her dishes with a bit of magick.  Love is the most important ingredient in any dish, and it is the most abundant in every dish I make.

I am going to go through this with a step by step style, so you can follow along.  To begin, get a large pot and fill it at least halfway with clean water (I just use tap water).  Turn your flame (heat) up to a strong flame.  Add 4-6 tea bags, just regular ole cheap teabags, nothing fancy because this is the base for our drink. Once it begins boiling turn down the heat to a slow simmer and remove the tea bags, the flame should be very small after you have adjusted it.  We will leave the heat at this setting for the rest of the cooking time.

Then slice 2 very sweet apples, 2 persimmons, 3 tangerines or 2 oranges into regular slices (cut out the core for the apples).  Add to the pot of tea. Add 2 cups of sugar and stir (clockwise because we are stirring in positivity) until sugar is completely dissolved. Add to this about 2 cups of frozen cranberries and let simmer until gently boiling.  Grate fresh lemon zest of a whole lemon into the pot, slice the rest of the lemon and set aside for a garnish.  Sprinkle in some apple pie seasoning (cinnamon and nutmeg will do just fine), a few dashes of ground ginger, 3-4 whole cloves or a couple dashes of ground clove, and a sprinkle of rosemary.  Sample to determine desired sweetness, add more sugar if needed.  I don’t often use measuring spoons, but I am going to estimate a sprinkle to be about 1tbsp. and a dash is about a tsp.

If you are planning on serving to minors skip the next step.  If you are legal to drink, then here we go.  Add 3-4 shots of your favorite bourbon whisky.  For this drink, I really like to use Gentlemen Jack.  Let simmer for at least one hour, it will take this long for the flavors to blend.  Stir and sample frequently. After at least an hour of low simmering it should be ready to serve.  Strain the fruit out of the drink and ladle into coffee cups, garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!  For an added bonus, add one shot of whisky to each fresh cup. Be warned though, it will get you drunk in a hurry, but you won’t feel that winter chill for a while! Merry Yule!


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